Nourishing Destiny is the first text to examine the spiritual and philosophical foundations of Chinese medicine as they pertain to the fulfillment of individual destiny. This tradition is elaborated proceeding from a review of historic texts through the practical considerations of modern clinical practice. Recasting Chinese physiology with the deepest meanings of terms such as jing, qi, shen, hun, po, and ling, the author defines an inner tradition of Chinese medicine whose central focus is the evolution of spirit and conscious awareness. The etymology of Chinese characters is discussed throughout this beautifully illustrated text in a way that illuminates their deep meanings thus providing a window for the student into the metaphorical language of the medicine. A Chinese and English glossary and index are also provided to aid students in their own research, along with an extensive bibiliography. Elaborate case studies illustrate the orientation of the book in order to enable students to grasp the application of the theory as it is applied by the author in practice. Finally the appendix discusses the complementary natures of Chinese and Western medicine in a way that is illuminating for practitioners and patients alike.